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[IPk] Fw: Diabetes Experts Know The Best Kept Secret in Medicine

  Diabetes Experts Know The Best Kept Secret in Medicine
> Recent Survey Reveals Information Disconnect Between Healthcare Practitioners and Patients
> LARCHMONT, N.Y.--(BW HealthWire)--May 22, 2000--A survey published today in
> a leading diabetes professional publication revealed that diabetes
> specialists treat their own diabetes very differently from the average
> diabetes patient. 
> The study reveals a wide gap in the quality of care between the average
> diabetes patient and a doctor or nurse with diabetes. 
> The survey published in Diabetes Educator (May/June 2000), titled, ``How
> Diabetes Specialists Treat Their Own Diabetes: Findings From a Study of the
> AADE and ADA Membership,'' was conducted by an independent research
> organization to study how diabetes specialists, who have diabetes, manage
> their own care. More than 50 percent of the doctors and nurses with
> diabetes reported using insulin pumps rather than traditional syringe
> therapy. 
> The survey reported healthcare professionals using insulin pump therapy is
> nearly ten times higher than the rate in which the average Type 1 diabetics
> use this treatment. The study concluded that better knowledge of the latest
> studies, past experience with controlling glycemic levels, and easier
> access to diabetes specialists contributed to the dramatic difference. 
> ``This study proves a huge disconnect in the medical community. As doctors,
> we have the ability to give diabetes patients the power to keep themselves
> much healthier with the current standard of diabetes treatment,'' said Dr.
> Michael Perley, an endocrinologist with Type 1 diabetes. 
> ``It is critical that healthcare systems and general practitioners, who
> treat most of the diabetics in this country, take steps to educate their
> patients about the importance of tight glycemic control and the various
> treatment options available to them including insulin pump therapy.'' 
> Type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin dependent diabetes, affects
> approximately 1 million people in the United States. Most Type 1 diabetics
> are diagnosed as children or young adults. As an autoimmune disease, Type 1
> diabetes leaves the body unable to produce insulin -- the hormone crucial
> for proper body functioning. 
> The insulin pump, about the size of a pager, is designed to function almost
> like the human pancreas, delivering insulin in small amounts throughout the
> day. 
> The benefits of insulin pump therapy include: improved blood sugar control
> during play, work or sleep, increased lifestyle flexibility and a lower
> risk of long-term complications including blindness and neuropathy, often
> resulting in amputation. 
> In the study, approximately 12,525 surveys were distributed to all
> professional members of the American Association of the Diabetes Educators
> (AADE) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), with instructions for
> the survey to be completed by only those individuals with diabetes. Of the
> 12,525 surveys, 802 were returned. 
> The prevalence of Type 1 diabetes in this sample was estimated to be higher
> than that of the general U.S. population. Of the respondents with Type 1
> diabetes, 96 percent practiced intensive treatment regimens. 
> Intensive management is defined as three or more shots per day or use of an
> insulin pump. In the general population less than 25 percent of people with
> Type 1 diabetes practice intensive therapy. 
> The survey confirmed that diabetes specialists treat their own diabetes
> according to current standards of medical care as recommended by the
> American Diabetes Association -- with insulin pumps being the preferred
> method of insulin therapy for Type 1 diabetes in this sample. The study
> implies that the average diabetes patient and their doctors -- are unaware
> of the current standard of care in America. 
> ``As a physician with Type 1 diabetes, I am an advocate of tight glycemic
> control and believe that insulin pump therapy should be the first line of
> treatment for this form of the disease,'' said Dr. Perley. 
> ``This study proves that is incumbent upon the diabetic patient to
> communicate concerns about their disease and its effects on their life to
> their doctors and nurses. Hopefully, we can narrow the communications gap
> between doctor and patient.'' 
> Insulin pump therapy has been available since the 1980s as an optional
> treatment for Type 1 diabetes. MiniMed in Sylmar, California, is the
> leading insulin pump manufacturer in the United States. Insulin pumps are
> prescribed by a physician and are supported by comprehensive training for
> the patient by a skilled professional. 
> For more information on insulin pump therapy and MiniMed Inc., call
> 888-MINIMED or visit www.minimed.com. 
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